By Dr. Kenneth Orbeck
As you get older, you may notice unwelcome changes in your body. You might gain weight or lose muscle mass. You may also feel tired or depressed. Intimacy can become difficult or painful. Many patients tell me, “I just don’t feel like myself anymore.”
These symptoms can be a sign of a hormone imbalance. In men, low testosterone (low T) is often to blame. Testosterone plays a significant role in your libido. It also controls your mood, weight, and energy levels. Lower testosterone levels are a natural part of getting older.
But low T does not have to be tolerated. Treatment can restore your hormonal balance and boost your energy levels. If you have trouble with intimacy, testosterone therapy can help. Increasing your testosterone produces a more satisfying sex life.
Other health conditions can also trigger sexual dysfunction. Regenerative Medical Institute offers in-depth consultations. My team gets to the root of your symptoms. First, we identify the potential causes of sexual dysfunction. Next, we provide a customized treatment plan. Read on to learn more about our sexual rejuvenation services.
What is sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction can be confusing, painful, and overwhelming. Many patients feel embarrassed when discussing their symptoms with their medical team. As a result, researchers believe that sexual dysfunction is underreported. One study showed some level of sexual dysfunction in about 43% of women and 31% of men. Without a doubt, it’s a common problem.
Patients with sexual dysfunction may have trouble becoming aroused. They often struggle with low libido or feel a loss of interest in sex. Some might have difficulty reaching orgasm, making the intimate moments less satisfying.
In middle-aged men, ED is the most common form of sexual dysfunction. Many of my new patients have trouble getting or keeping an erection. They might also notice a loss of sensitivity. ED can take a toll on your intimate relationships and your self-confidence.
What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
ED doesn’t just interfere with your ability to get an erection. Men with ED may also have trouble maintaining an erection. These problems are common, and most men experience them from time to time. Illness and stress often cause temporary problems with your intimate life.
But if you have ongoing difficulties, there might be an underlying health concern. ED can be a sign of:
- Heart disease
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Neurological disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Hormone imbalances
At RMI, my team performs discreet and thorough evaluations. We determine the root cause of your symptoms, and then provide targeted solutions. Our nonsurgical therapies will often help you regain your vitality and enjoy sex again.
What is low T?
Testosterone is a sex hormone that controls several physical processes. In men, testosterone can:
- Regulate sex drive
- Maintain bone health
- Control fat distribution
- Build muscle mass
Healthy levels of testosterone boost your libido and sensitivity. But if you have low T, you might have trouble with sexual intimacy. Men with low T often have difficulty getting or keeping an erection.
Testosterone levels fluctuate as you age. For most men, testosterone peaks around 18. A gradual decline begins during your late 20s. After age 30, the amount of testosterone in your body drops about 1% per year.
Although this decline is a normal occurrence, testosterone levels may drop too low. If your body doesn’t have enough testosterone you might notice aggravating symptoms. Symptoms of low T include:
- Muscle loss
- Low sex drive
Older men are especially vulnerable. Research has shown that almost 40% of men over age 45 have low T. By age 80, that number increases to nearly 50%.
How can sexual rejuvenation help?
Traditional treatment for sexual dysfunction involves prescription drugs. But these medications sometimes serve as a “Band-Aid solution.” Drugs can treat your symptoms, but they might not address the underlying cause.
Sexual rejuvenation therapies are different. These treatments target the root cause of your symptoms. During your evaluation, my team looks for the source of your ED. Then we work to restore your body’s natural balance.
Some treatments available at RMI boost blood flow or heal damaged tissues. Others treat low hormones or nutritional deficiencies. My team offers special lifestyle counseling, along with nutrition supplements.
There are instances when medications may be necessary. My team chooses a drug that supplements your regenerative therapies. Combining regenerative treatments with traditional medicine often produces exceptional results through integration of therapy.
What is hormone therapy?
If your laboratory tests reveal low T, hormone therapy can help. I offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) through my practice with BodyLogic MD of Greenville. These hormones work just like the ones your body naturally produces. They give your system the necessary cell signaling needed to correct hormone deficiencies and alleviate symptoms of hormonal decline.
BHRT helps to ease many signs of aging, including low libido. Many of my patients report astonishing results after starting BHRT. People often try to live with their unpleasant symptoms, but after starting treatment, these symptoms often disappear. They then realize the quality of life that was missing.
Patients report that they feel younger, healthier, and more active. They also notice an increase in their mood and energy levels. Most patients report more frequent and satisfying intimacy with their partners. For patients who struggled with sexual dysfunction for years, these results can be life-changing.
What can I expect from BHRT?
During your consultation, my team reviews your options. We determine whether you’re a candidate for BHRT. We then discuss your unique needs and select a customized treatment plan. This plan may involve pellet therapy.
Pellet therapy is a safe, convenient option for most patients. There are no daily pills or messy creams. This method of treatment can optimize your hormones and provide lasting results, by utilizing a sustained release delivery system.
First, we use laboratory testing and symptom scoring to create a blend of hormones. We then design a recommended formula of hormones and discuss optimal delivery systems based on each hormone needed. This may involve pellet therapy.
Pellets are customized hormones that are placed into the subcutaneous fat beneath your skin. This pellet is small, only slightly larger than a grain of rice. The pellet releases hormones at a gentle, steady rate. Over time it dissolves, and your body absorbs it. After three to four months, we replace it with a new pellet.
Throughout the treatment process, we provide ongoing supervision. My team performs frequent lab work to track your progress. We make continuous adjustments to your hormone prescription.
What other treatments are available?
BHRT can work wonders for patients with low T. But it isn’t your only option. RMI is proud to offer a wide range of sexual rejuvenation treatments. Our services can address many possible causes of ED.
Other intimate wellness services include:
- The P-Shot®
- Hydromax Pump
- Acoustic Pressure Wave Therapy
- Cell Matrix MD
- Peptide Treatments
- Pharmaceutic Therapy
We also offer several medical-grade supplements, available for purchase through RMI.
Many patients achieve their best results through a blend of treatments. My team creates a customized treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs. No matter what symptoms you’re experiencing, we help you find a solution.
If you’re struggling with sexual dysfunction, help is available. Treatment can help you regain your confidence and vitality. Contact us at the Regenerative Medical Institute today to schedule a consultation.